By Robert M. Edsel
While Adolf Hitler was once trying to take over the western global, his armies have been methodically looking and hoarding the best artwork treasures in Europe. The Fuehrer had started cataloguing the artwork he deliberate to gather in addition to the artwork he may spoil: "degenerate" works he despised.
In a race opposed to time, in the back of enemy traces, frequently unarmed, a different strength of American and British museum administrators, curators, artwork historians, and others, referred to as the Monuments males, risked their lives scouring Europe to avoid the destruction of millions of years of tradition.
Focusing at the eleven-month interval among D-Day and V-E Day, this interesting account follows six Monuments males and their most unlikely undertaking to save lots of the world's nice artwork from the Nazis.
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Extra resources for Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
Age in 1944: 40. Born: Oxfordshire, England. Balfour, an art history expert at Cambridge University, was what the British called a “gentleman scholar”: a bachelor dedicated to the intellectual life without ambition for accolades or position. A dedicated Protestant, he began his life as a history scholar, then switched to ecclesiastic studies. His prized possession was his immense personal library. S. Seventh Army. Age: 18. Born: Karlsruhe, Germany (immigrated to Newark, New Jersey). A German Jew, Ettlinger fled Nazi persecution in 1938 with his family.
It was the prejudice of his teachers. Two years later, in 1937, Harry switched to the Jewish school. Soon after, he and his two younger brothers received a surprise gift: bicycles. Gebrüder Ettlinger had gone bankrupt, felled by a boycott of Jewish-owned businesses, and his father was now working with Opa (Grandpa) Oppenheimer in his textile business. Harry was taught to ride a bicycle so he could get around Holland, where the family was hoping to move. His best friend’s family was trying to emigrate to Palestine.
By the time he arrived at Harvard to begin graduate studies in 1926, the year Harry Ettlinger was born in Karlsruhe, Germany, Stout was a twenty-eight-year-old husband with a pregnant wife. ” 1 In 1928, Stout joined the small art conservation department at the Fogg Art Museum as an unpaid graduate assistant. Conservation, the technical art of preserving older or damaged works, was the least popular field in the art history department, and Stout was probably its most diligent and self-effacing disciple.